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In Hong Kong there are many "non-engaged" youth. "Non-engaged" youth describes young people in Hong Kong who do not participate in education, employment, or training. They higher risks for experiencing poor mental health and becoming involved in criminal activity than their peers who are engaged. Also, youths who have low social support from their parents and peers often feel hopeless and have lower self-worth, thus increasing the risk for suicide.
Established by social enterprise RunOurCity in 2013, Youth.ROC has provided free and professional running programme to inspire and challenge teenagers to systematically train for distance running and achieve their goals while improving health and developing a “can-do” attitude. The trainings have also helped participating teenagers to expand their social circle and understand more about their communities through street-running. Over 2,900 youths have participated in the Youth.ROC program, including those who come from underprivileged backgrounds and the ethnic minority communities. Youth.ROC has recently obtained support from the Education Bureau of the HKSAR Government to expand its program to all secondary schools in Hong Kong, for running to become a part of life for Hong Kong’s youths and bring positive changes to our students’ body, mind, social and spirit. About Youth.ROC Extension For youths who had completed the 8-week long distance running training, they can continue to pursue their running interest and keep up their running habit through programs under the Youth.ROC Extension Programs. Youth.ROC Contributor Combining elements of running and volunteering, Youth.ROC Contributors become more aware of the happenings and needs of our communities through running and exploring service opportunities for their neighbours; Youth.ROC Contributors will also be invited to take up volunteering roles in large-scale running events in town. Youth.ROC Rookie Consist of series of interactive, exciting and professional sport workshops, Youth.ROC Rookies can improve their running knowledge and techniques in the training camp. They can also meet new running buddies, get inspired and inspire each other. Youth.ROC Challenger We encourage Youth.ROC Racers to join local competitions, where they can set new training goals and enrich their running experiences. Youth.ROC Racers have taken part in races including: AXA STREETATHON@kowloon east 2015, SUNIFG STREETATHON@central 2015, Convoy TOTEM RUN 2015, NWS Geo Hero Run 2015, and SHKP Vertical Run for Charity 2015 etc. Youth.ROC Explorer Students who are selected as Youth.ROC Explorers will have the chance to take part in an international marathon race for free! We encourage students to write down their goals and push against their own limits, and explore different cultures while enjoying the running culture of other cities. Youth.ROC Explorer had participated in Fubon Taipei Marathon (9km race) in 2014, and Australia Gold Coast Airport Marathon (10km race) in 2015. Upcoming races will include the Gyeonju Cherries Blossoms Marathon in South Korea (April 2016), and Gold Coast Airport Marathon in Australia (July 2016), etc Youth.ROC Crew By providing youth an opportunity to experience the joy of running, Youth.ROC Crew gives youth the inspiration, excitement and encouragement to accomplish their goal. Youth.ROC Crew meets and run causally every week at three different districts. Mondays 6-8pm @ Tsing Yi Sportsground From time to time, Youth.ROC Crew will be invited to join themed runs with “ROC.Crew”, a running crew of RunOurCity, to share the joy of street-running in different communities of Hong Kong. Our professional coaches from diverse backgrounds have inspired and challenged 2900+ young people to complete their first 10km race with interesting and systematic street running training over 8 weeks. With their mentorship and encouragement, our young runners have experienced the fun of distance running and benefits of goal-setting, developed a “can-do” attitude, improved health, expanded their social circle and understood more about their communities through street-running. RunOurCity provides professional training courses on long-distance running and personal fitness etc. as well as other soft skills development opportunities for our coaches to better serve our youth.